1 in 13 US Schoolkids Take Psych Meds
More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows. Apparently, the medications are working: More than half of the parents said the drugs are helping their children,...
Natural Compound 'Powerful Treatment for Depression'
A natural compound has been shown to regulate mood - a new scientific finding that could open the door to powerful new antidepressants. With approximately 1 in 10 American adults reporting some form of depression, the new research is being hailed as a mental-health 'breakthrough.'
Gene Therapy Shows Promise In Reversing Alzheimer's
A novel gene therapy that has been shown to reverse memory loss and other symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mice.If the technique proves as successful in humans, it holds promise as a potential treatment for the memory-robbing disease.
Device That Shocks Disabled for Bad Behavior May Be Banned
U.S. regulators are weighing whether to ban a device used for decades to shock children and adults with disabilities in an effort to stop dangerous or unwanted behavior. Only one institution in the U.S., the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts, is...
Stroke Drug Poses Ethical Dilemma for Doctors
About one-quarter of older adults would not want to receive clot-busting medication for a stroke if they arrived at the hospital unable to make the decision themselves, a new survey found.
The medication, tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, typically does not save a...
Scientists Explore Possibility of Mind Reading
Mind reading technology is still the substance of sci-fi thrillers, but scientific researchers are predicting it may one day become a reality, and several studies are already underway.
Older Parents More Likely to Have Autistic Kids: Study
Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than are younger parents, new research shows.
Mental Illness Not a Driving Force Behind Crime: Study
Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows.
When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness,they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck...
Blocked Neck Artery Can Lead to Memory Problems: Study
Blockage of the carotid artery in the neck appears to increase the odds for memory and thinking problems,a new study indicates.
The researchers said their findings suggest more aggressive treatment might be needed for people with this condition, which is caused by plaque...
Religious Music Boosts Mental Health: Study
New research shows that listening to religious music can ease anxiety about death and increase life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control in older Christians.
Adjusting Thermostat Can Improve Your Thinking: Study
You think best when the air temperature is at a level that makes you feel the most comfortable, new research suggests.
The study included two groups of participants with different ambient temperature preferences, one cool and the other warm. The groups were asked to complete...
PTSD Sufferers Get Fast Relief From Ketamine: Study
Ketamine has been shown to reduce moderate to severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers have found.
Childhood Bullying Effects Can Last a Lifetime: Study
The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.
In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the...
Web Surfing Fights Depression: Study
Surfing the Web may ward off depression among retirees, particularly among those who live alone, according to new research.
Vitamin D Linked to Brain Power
Vitamin D deficiency may be at the root of age-related memory loss and cognitive impairment, according to a new study that suggests the vitamin may help boost brain power.
Scan Tells Which Coma Victims Might Awaken
A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.
In an unprecedented trial among comatose patients, Belgian researchers said the scanner, an expensive...
Family Dog Helps Kids With Autism
Children with autism may find the unconditional love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds.
Researchers at the University of Missouri interviewed 70 parents of children with autism. The investigators found that nearly two-thirds owned dogs, and that 94...
Pot Smoking Changes Brain Structure: Study
Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural changes to brain regions related to motivation, emotion and reward, a small study says.
Recreational pot use by a small group of young adults caused significant...
Brain Power Peaks At Age 24: Study
Brain power reaches its peak at age 24 - and it's mostly downhill from there, in terms of cognitive performance - a new study suggests.
Young Dads Face Increased Risk of Depression
Young fathers may be at increased risk of depression symptoms after their baby arrives, all the way through to the child's kindergarten, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that for men who become fathers in their 20s and live with their children, depression symptoms...
Alzheimer's Gene Poses Greater Threat for Women
Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women's risk for Alzheimer's disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates.
Stanford University researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 people, most older than 60, who were tracked over a long period...
Blueberries May Help Ease Parkinson's
Natural compounds in blueberries, which have been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart attack, may also help treat Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, new research suggests.
Antidepressants During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk
Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research. The new study also found that boys whose mothers took SSRIs -- drugs including Celexa, Lexapro,...
Spending Time With Grandkids Found to Boost Brainpower
Spending a little time each week caring for grandkids may help older women stay mentally sharp, a new study finds. But there's a potential downside: Taking care of the grandkids five days a week or more may have a negative impact on brain power, the researchers reported.The...
Researchers Discover Parkinson's Trigger
A biological trigger for Parkinson's disease has been identified, possibly opening the door to new early diagnostic tools and treatments that could shut down the disease before symptoms progress.
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